Zora Neale Hurston Award-Winning Author!



Dr. Florita Bell Griffin is the Author and Creative Director of Little Flower, and recipient of the 2016 Zora Neale Hurston Award, an annual achievement award administered by the Reference and User Service Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association. The award was sponsored by HarperCollins Publishers, and given in recognition of her leadership in promoting literacy and African American literature through the creation of the Little Flower Literacy Project.



The Little Flower Fictional Character was inspired by a single piece of narrative art. The acrylic on canvas art piece (featured here) of a 9 year old Florita Bell, was created by Artist Frederick G. Ford, Ph.D. (1993).


The Little Flower Fictional Story was inspired by Florita’s non-fictional experiences growing up during the Civil Rights Era of the 1960s.


Little Flower® uses storytelling and components of artistic media as a stimulus for developing literacy and performance skills, while fostering self-esteem, confidence, vision, diversity, and imagination in children from around the world.


“The Little Flower Artist Movie” (short animated film) was included in the Green Bay and NYC Animation/Animate 2018 Film Festivals. Additionally, it was selected by the 2018 & 2019 KIDS FIRST! Film Festival, which is the world’s largest film festival for kids. The KIDS FIRST! Film Festival is a project of the 25-year-old, national nonprofit Coalition for Quality Children’s Media.



Dr. Griffin received the Doctor of Philosophy in Urban and Regional Science and Master of Urban Planning degrees from Texas A&M University, and the Bachelor of Arts in Communications Broadcasting/Cinema degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.